Keeping The Traditions of Worship
If you’re wondering about keeping up the tradition of worship, here are some thoughts. Shortly after my daughter started college, the first of the most important Jewish holidays were coming up (think the equivalent of Good Friday and Easter Sunday). We had always gone to services together and had huge family dinners with the entire extended family. Since the holiday fell on a weekday, it did not make sense for her to come home. So, she did what many other Jewish students did; she went to services at the Hillel Student Center.
For all students, being able to continue to worship, pray and adhere to their religious beliefs is extremely important for several reasons. Having a place to worship on or near campus allows them to meet other students and have a Rabbi, Minister, Bishop or Priest to turn to should they need spiritual guidance. At or around FSU, there are a good amount of places to worship, regardless of your students’ faith. There are also religious/spiritual organizations at FSU. You can find a list of those organizations here.
Hillel – A non-profit 50© (3) organization catering to Jewish students and is located right across from campus on St. Augustine Street. Shabbat services are Friday nights at 7 pm. Services are also held during the High Holidays, Passover, and other Jewish holidays.
Chabad – Lubavitch – located at; Chabad welcomes all Jewish students regardless of their background, observance or affiliation. They offer Shabbat services and a free dinner every Friday night at 6:30.
This actually considered the Baha’i Association at FSU; where students interested in the Baha’i faith can study, pray, and get involved in social and service activities.
The Catholic Student Union gathers weekly on Wednesday evenings at 8 pm in the social hall of the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More. They have special services and parties for holidays, as well as retreats that students can participate in.
The church, right across from campus, at 312 Stadium Drive is for followers of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints.
The Baptist Collegiate Ministries has a mid-week service for students at 200 S. Woodward. They also offer free meals and various events. Did you know that those two guys that paint and glitter themselves in garnet and gold and run through the stands encouraging fans to cheer are traditionally members of BCM? They came up with the idea back in 1998 and each year the garnet and gold men come from BCM to this day.
There are three Presbyterian churches in Tallahassee, the closest to campus being the First Presbyterian Church on N. Adams.
The Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church is located on Phillips Road in Tallahassee. Services are at 9:30 and 10:30 am on Sundays, but there are also midweek and 5 pm services on Saturdays.
There are two mosques in Tallahassee; The Islamic Center Al-Ansar, which is the older mosque, and The Islamic Center Al-Furqan, which is the newer mosque. Information on both can be found here.
There are also a few Christian based church groups that seem to be popular amongst FSU students. If interested, check out Wesley, on W. Jefferson, a Christian community committed to the spirituality of students.